Hogan Lovells Finance practice adds in numbers with trio team hire

Johannesburg - Hogan Lovells announces today that Haroon Laher has joined the firm as a partner in the Johannesburg Finance practice.

He joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he has led its Restructuring and Insolvency practice since May 2016. He joins the Business Restructuring and Insolvency group and brings with him senior associate Lerothodi Mohale and secretary Charlene van Blerk.

Laher is well-known to the South African finance community, and has built an impressive practice in a 20-year legal career. He has advised many of the region’s largest banks and financial institutions, as well as leading restructuring, insolvency, and corporate rescues of companies across multiple sectors.  

The recruitment of Laher continues Hogan Lovells’ active investment in growing its South African business. He is the Johannesburg office’s tenth lateral partner hire in the last two years. 

Commenting on the Laher’s arrival, Sharon Lewis, Global Head of Hogan Lovells Finance Practice Group, said: 

"Several years ago we made a decision to increase our investment in Finance in South Africa, since welcoming Anina Boshoff, Lodewyk Meyer and Laurie Hammond. We continue to see opportunities for growth in this market, and Haroon will enhance our Johannesburg team’s ability to provide first class restructuring and insolvency advice. These are exciting times for our South African business." 

Laher added:  

"I am excited to bring my practice to Hogan Lovells. The outstanding group of lawyers and business services staff at the firm will help me to expand my practice by taking advantage of Hogan Lovells’ global network, and to further develop the sophisticated finance South Africa needs if it is to compete in the global economy. The firm has proven its commitment to South Africa, and I look forward to playing a part in that commitment in the years ahead." 

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